- Shehu Sani has called for protection for the local rulers amid rise in insecurity nationwide
- The former lawmaker said the traditional rulers are also being abducted and killed like their subjects
- Sani spoke on the heels of the worsening security crisis in the country that has left locals villages vulnerable
Amid spate of killing and bandit attacks on communities in the northwest region of Nigeria, Senator Shehu Sani has called for protection for traditional rulers.
Sani, a former lawmaker who represented Kaduna Central in the 8th Senate, said this while reacting to recent attacks in Kaduna, Zamfara and Borno which left many people dead and properties ruined.
Speaking via a tweet on his official Twitter handle on Saturday, August 1, the outspoken former lawmaker lamented the rise in attacks and posited that traditional rulers have also become targets just like their subjects.
He said most often, the local rulers are kidnapped and killed by terrorists and bandits invading their vulnerable communities.
The former lawmaker's revelation is coming barely a months after two local rulers: Malam Dikko Usman of the Mazoji and Sarkin Fulani Fafu village and Abubakar Atiku Maidabino of Yantumaki village in Danmusa Local government area of Katsina were killed by suspected bandits.
Sani said local chiefs must be put into consideration in the protection strategy of the federal and state governments.
Undoubtedly, village traditional rulers have become major targets and victims of Bandits and Terrorists in Northern Nigeria; they are most times the first to be abducted or killed. They need to be protected as much as their people," the former lawmaker said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported Garba Shehu, senior media and publicity aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, has maintained his stance on how some local traditional rulers are aiding armed bandits to execute attacks in Katsina state.
Shehu, while speaking on a programme on Channels TV on Monday, June 15, disclosed that the heinous activities of bandits are aided by some local rulers and district heads.
Shehu said those rulers are benefiting from the attacks, adding that "some traditional rulers have been found complicit in collaboration with the bandits to harm their own people."
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